Holding-Together Regionalism: Twenty Years of Post-Soviet Integration

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 27, 2012 - Business & Economics - 273 pages
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Libman and Vinokurov discuss the evolution of post-Soviet regional integration as a prominent case of 'holding-together regionalism' - integration of countries originally belonging to a single political entity. They provide a detailed account of the economic, political and social aspects of the interaction of post-Soviet countries, studying both formal regionalism and informal linkages between companies and individuals. The book pays particular attention to the political economy of this process, assessing both the reasons for the ineffectiveness of post-Soviet regionalism until recently and the driving forces of its persistence. It investigates migration flows, mutual trade and investments, as well as interaction in key sectors of infrastructure, such as telecommunications, transportation, agriculture and power utilities.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Basic Concepts
9
PostSoviet Integration
35
Key Areas
109
An Intertwined Region
179
Macroeconomic Data
213
A Chronology of Two Decades of PostSoviet Disintegration and Integration 19912010
216
Notes
234
Literature
247
Index
268
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Alexander Libman is Assistant Professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany, Senior Research Fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Affiliated Researcher at the East China Normal University. His principal publications have appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Comparative Economics and Review of International Political Economy.

Evgeny Vinokurov is Director of the Centre for Integration Studies at the Eurasian Development Bank. He has written and edited a number of monographs and papers on economic and political integration, including A Theory of Enclaves (2007) and The CIS, the EU and Russia: Challenges of Integration (2007).